For his 90th, a Scotch tasting

February 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

Photograph of William Theophilus Brown at 90 by Anthony Torres

Theophilus “Bill” Brown has not been a reclusive artist. He knew Picasso in Paris, was friends with John Cage and the de Koonings in New York and, after moving to Berkeley in 1952 to study painting at UC Berkeley, joined a group of emerging artists — including Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, Elmer Bischoff, James Weeks and Nathan Oliveira — who would be known as the Bay Area Figurative movement.

Brown, 90, is far from retired. He paints three to four hours a day and participates in weekly drawing sessions. Until March 13, he is the subject of a one-man show, “Theophilus Brown Nudes — Five Decades of Drawing and Painting the Figure,” at the Thomas Reynolds Gallery.

Brown will be feted at a single-malt Scotch tasting on Saturday evening, February 20, at the gallery. The choice of Scotch “is a testament to his strong spirit,” said Thomas Reynolds. “He’s a Scotch drinker, so why fool around with cheap white wine? Plus, Bill attributes his long life to two things: good art and good Scotch.”


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